AskDefine | Define thoroughgoing

Dictionary Definition

thoroughgoing adj
1 very thorough; exhaustively complete; "an exhaustive study"; "made a thorough search"; "thoroughgoing research" [syn: exhaustive, thorough]
2 without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a)]

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English

Etymology

From thorough + going.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Complete; thorough; full; with great attention to detail.
    He did a thoroughgoing job of cleaning up the broken glass.
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